Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American retired actor. +more Beginning his career in the 1970s, he rose to prominence portraying Alex P. Keaton on the NBC sitcom Family Ties (1982-1989). Fox is famous for his role as protagonist Marty McFly in the Back to the Future film trilogy (1985-1990), a critical and commercial success. He went on to headline several films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including Teen Wolf (1985), The Secret of My Success (1987), Casualties of War (1989), Doc Hollywood (1991), and The Frighteners (1996). Fox returned to television on the ABC sitcom Spin City in the lead role of Mike Flaherty from 1996 to 2000.

In 1998, Fox disclosed his 1991 diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. He subsequently became an advocate for finding a cure and founded the +more_Fox_Foundation'>Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000 to help fund research. Worsening symptoms forced Fox to reduce his activities and led to his return to television in Spin City when he was still a major movie star. He continued to make guest appearances on television, including recurring roles on the FX comedy-drama Rescue Me (2009) and the CBS legal drama The Good Wife (2010-2016) that garnered him critical acclaim. He voiced the lead roles in the Stuart Little films (1999-2005) and the animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). His final major role was on the NBC sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show (2013-2014). Fox retired in 2020 due to his declining health.

Fox won five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award. He was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010, along with being inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. +more For his advocacy of a cure for Parkinson's disease, he received an honorary doctorate in 2010 from the Karolinska Institute.

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Early life

Michael Andrew Fox was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 9, 1961, the son of William and Phyllis (née Piper). William was a 25-year veteran of the Canadian Forces who later became a police dispatcher, while Phyllis was a payroll clerk and actress. +more Fox is of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. His maternal grandmother was from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

His family lived in various cities and towns across Canada due to his father's career. They finally moved to Burnaby, a large suburb of Vancouver, when his father retired in 1971. +more His father died of a heart attack on January 6, 1990. His mother later died in September 2022. Fox attended Burnaby Central Secondary School, and now has a theatre named for him at Burnaby South Secondary. At age 15, Fox starred in the Canadian television series Leo and Me, produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and in 1979, at age 18, he moved to Los Angeles to further his acting career. Shortly after his marriage, he moved back to Vancouver.

Fox was discovered by producer Ronald Shedlo and made his American television debut in the television film Letters from Frank, credited under the name "Michael Fox". He intended to continue to use the name, but when he registered with the Screen Actors Guild, which requires unique registration names to avoid credit ambiguities (and the possibility that royalty checks would be sent to the wrong actors), he discovered that Michael Fox, a veteran character actor, was already registered under the name. +more As he explained in his autobiography Lucky Man: A Memoir and in interviews, he needed to come up with a different name. He did not like the sound of "Michael A. Fox" during a time when "fox" meant "attractive" and because his "A" sounded too much like the Canadian "eh?" Fox also disliked the sound of "Andrew" or "Andy", so he decided to use a different middle initial and settled on "J", as a tribute to actor Michael J. Pollard.

Acting career

Early career

Fox's first feature film roles were Midnight Madness (1980) and Class of 1984 (1982), credited in both as Michael Fox. Shortly afterward, he began playing "Young Republican" +more_Keaton'>Alex P. Keaton in the show Family Ties, which aired on NBC for seven seasons from 1982 to 1989. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in April 2014, Fox stated he negotiated the role at a payphone at Pioneer Chicken. He received the role only after Matthew Broderick was unavailable. Family Ties had been sold to the television network using the pitch "Hip parents, square kids", with the parents originally intended to be the main characters. However, the positive reaction to Fox's performance led to his character becoming the focus of the show following the fourth episode. At its peak, the audience for Family Ties drew one-third of America's households every week. Fox won three Emmy awards for Family Ties in 1986, 1987, and 1988. He won a Golden Globe Award in 1989.

Brandon Tartikoff, one of the show's producers, felt that Fox was too short in relation to the actors playing his parents, and tried to have him replaced. Tartikoff reportedly said that "this is not the kind of face you'll ever find on a lunchbox. +more" After his later successes, Fox presented Tartikoff with a custom-made lunchbox with the inscription "To Brandon: This is for you to put your crow in. Love and Kisses, Michael J. " Tartikoff kept the lunchbox in his office for the rest of his NBC career.

When Fox left the television series Spin City in 2000, his final episodes made numerous allusions to Family Ties: Michael Gross (who played Alex's father Steven) portrays Mike Flaherty's (Fox's character's) therapist, and there is a reference to an off-screen character named "Mallory". Also, when Flaherty becomes an environmental lobbyist in Washington, D. +moreC. , he meets a conservative senator from Ohio named Alex P. Keaton, and in one episode Meredith Baxter played Mike's mother.

As a result of working on Family Ties, as well as his acting in Teen Wolf and Back to the Future, Fox became a teen idol. The VH1 television series The Greatest later named him among their "50 Greatest Teen Idols".

Film career

In January 1985, Fox was cast to replace Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 in Back to the Future. Director Robert Zemeckis originally wanted Fox to play Marty, but Gary David Goldberg the creator of Family Ties, on which Fox was working at the time, refused to allow Zemeckis even to approach Fox as he felt that as Meredith Baxter was on maternity leave at the time, Fox's character Alex Keaton was needed to carry the show in her absence. +more Stoltz was cast and was already filming Back to the Future, but Zemeckis felt that Stoltz was not giving the right type of performance for the humor involved. Zemeckis quickly replaced Stoltz with Fox, whose schedule was now more open with the return of Baxter. During filming, Fox rehearsed for Family Ties from 10 a. m to 6 p. m, then rushed to the Back to the Future set where he would rehearse and shoot until 2:30 a. m. This schedule lasted for two full months. Back to the Future was both a commercial and critical success. The film spent eight consecutive weekends as the number-one grossing movie at the US box office in 1985, and eventually earned a worldwide total of $381. 11 million. Variety applauded the performances, opining that Fox and his co-star Christopher Lloyd imbued Marty and Doc Brown's friendship with a quality reminiscent of King Arthur and Merlin. The film was followed by two successful sequels, Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990), which were produced at the same time but released separately.

During and immediately after the Back to the Future trilogy, Fox starred in Teen Wolf (1985), Light of Day (1987), The Secret of My Success (1987), Bright Lights, Big City (1988), and Casualties of War (1989).

In The Secret of My Success, Fox played a recent graduate from Kansas State University who moves to New York City, where he deals with the ups and downs of the business world. The film was successful at the box office, grossing $110 million worldwide. +more Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times wrote; "Fox provides a fairly desperate center for the film. It could not have been much fun for him to follow the movie's arbitrary shifts of mood, from sitcom to slapstick, from sex farce to boardroom brawls. ".

In Bright Lights, Big City, Fox played a fact-checker for a New York magazine, who spends his nights partying with alcohol and drugs. The film received mixed reviews, with Hal Hinson in The Washington Post criticizing Fox by claiming that "he was the wrong actor for the job". +more Meanwhile, Roger Ebert praised the actor's performance: "Fox is very good in the central role (he has a long drunken monologue that is the best thing he has ever done in a movie)". During the shooting of Bright Lights, Big City, Fox co-starred again with Tracy Pollan, his on-screen girlfriend from Family Ties.

Fox then starred in Casualties of War, a dark and violent war drama about the Vietnam War, alongside Sean Penn. Casualties of War was not a major box office hit, but Fox, playing a private serving in Vietnam, was praised for his performance. +more Don Willmott wrote: "Fox, only one year beyond his Family Ties sitcom silliness, rises to the challenges of acting as the film's moral voice and sharing scenes with the always intimidating Penn. " While Family Ties is ending, his production company Snowback Productions set up a two-year production pact at Paramount Pictures to develop film and television projects.

In 1991, he starred in Doc Hollywood, a romantic comedy about a talented medical doctor who decides to become a plastic surgeon. While moving from Washington, D. +moreC. to Los Angeles, he winds up as a doctor in a small southern town in South Carolina. Michael Caton-Jones, of Time Out, described Fox in the film as "at his frenetic best". The Hard Way was also released in 1991, with Fox playing an undercover actor learning from police officer James Woods. After being privately diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and being cautioned he had "ten good working years left", Fox hastily signed a three-film contract, appearing in For Love or Money (1993), Life With Mikey (1993), and Greedy (1994). The mid-1990s saw Fox play smaller supporting roles in The American President (1995) and Mars Attacks! (1996).

His last major film role was in The Frighteners (1996), directed by Peter Jackson. The Frighteners tells the story of Frank Bannister (Fox), an architect who develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts. +more After losing his wife, he uses his new abilities by cheating customers out of money for his "ghost hunting" business. However, a mass murderer comes back from Hell, prompting Frank to investigate the supernatural presence. Fox's performance received critical praise, Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times wrote; "The film's actors are equally pleasing. Both Fox, in his most successful starring role in some time, and [Trini] Alvarado, who looks rather like Andie MacDowell here, have no difficulty getting into the manic spirit of things. ".

He voiced the American Bulldog Chance in Disney's live-action film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and its sequel Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, the titular character in Stuart Little and its two sequels Stuart Little 2 and Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild, and Milo Thatch in Disney's animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Later career and retirement

Spin City ran from 1996 to 2002 on American television network ABC. The show was based on a fictional local government running New York City, originally starring Fox as Mike Flaherty, a Fordham Law School graduate serving as the Deputy Mayor of New York. +more Fox won an Emmy award for Spin City in 2000, three Golden Globe Awards in 1998, 1999, and 2000, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards in 1999 and 2000. During the third season of Spin City, Fox made the announcement to the cast and crew of the show that he had Parkinson's disease. During the fourth season, he announced his retirement from the show. He announced that he planned to continue to act and would make guest appearances on Spin City (he made three more appearances on the show during the final season). After leaving the show, he was replaced by Charlie Sheen, who portrayed the character Charlie Crawford. In 2002, his Lottery Hill Entertainment production company attempted to set up a pilot for ABC with DreamWorks Television and Touchstone Television company via first-look agreements, but it never went to series.

In 2004, Fox guest starred in two episodes of the comedy-drama Scrubs as Dr. Kevin Casey, a surgeon with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. +more The series was created by Spin City creator Bill Lawrence. In 2006, he appeared in four episodes of Boston Legal as a lung cancer patient. The producers brought him back in a recurring role for season three, beginning with the season premiere. Fox was nominated for an Emmy Award for best guest appearance.

In 2009, Fox appeared in five episodes of the television series +more_TV_series)'>Rescue Me which earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Starting in 2010, Fox played a recurring role in the US drama The Good Wife as crafty attorney Louis Canning and earned Emmy nominations for three consecutive years. In 2011, Fox was featured as himself in the eighth season of the Larry David vehicle Curb Your Enthusiasm. David's character (also himself) becomes a temporary resident of the New York City apartment building that Fox resides in and a conflict arises between the two, whereby David believes that Fox is using his condition (Parkinson's disease) as a manipulative tool. Fox returned in 2017 for a brief appearance, referencing his prior time on the show.

On August 20, 2012, NBC announced The Michael J. +more Fox Show, loosely based on Fox's life. Fox starred in the show. It was granted a 22-episode commitment from the network and premiered on NBC on September 26, 2013. The show was taken off the air after 15 episodes and was later cancelled.

Fox has made several appearances in other media. At the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, he delivered comedy monologues, along with William Shatner and Catherine O'Hara, in the "I am Canadian" part of the show.

Despite a sound-alike, +more_Locascio'>A. J. Locascio, voicing his character of Marty McFly in the 2011 Back to the Future episodic adventure game, Fox lent his likeness to the in-game version of Marty alongside Christopher Lloyd. Fox made a special guest appearance in the final episode of the series as an elder version of Marty, as well as his great-grandfather Willie McFly.

In 2018, Fox was cast in the recurring role of Ethan West on the second season of the ABC political drama Designated Survivor. Fox appeared in five episodes of the show. +more His character was described as "a Washington attorney with significant connections and a history of great success" who was hired to investigate whether the president of the United States was fit to continue in his position.

In 2020, Fox retired from acting due to the increasing unreliability of his speech. Fox's memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, was released that November. +more In the book, Fox explained that, "not being able to speak reliably is a game-breaker for an actor" and that he was experiencing memory loss. Fox wrote, "There is a time for everything, and my time of putting in a 12-hour workday, and memorizing seven pages of dialogue, is best behind me. I enter a second retirement. That could change, because everything changes. But if this is the end of my acting career, so be it. ".

In 2021, Fox appeared in one episode of the television series Expedition: Back to the Future and in the animated film Back Home Again.

Other work

Fox served as an executive producer of Spin City alongside co-creators Bill Lawrence and Gary David Goldberg.

Fox has authored four books: Lucky Man: A Memoir (2002), Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned (2010), and No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality (2020).

Personal life

Fox met his wife, Tracy Pollan, when she played the role of his girlfriend, Ellen, on Family Ties. They were married on July 16, 1988, at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont. +more The couple have four children: son Sam Michael (born May 30, 1989), twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances (born February 15, 1995), and daughter Esmé Annabelle (born November 3, 2001). Fox holds dual Canadian-US citizenship. He provided a light-hearted segment during the 2010 Winter Olympics' closing ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 28, 2010, when he expressed how proud he is to be Canadian. On June 4, 2010, the city of Burnaby, British Columbia granted him the Freedom of the City. Fox and his family live primarily in Manhattan. The family owns a second home in Quogue, New York.

Parkinson's disease

Fox started displaying symptoms of early-onset Parkinson's disease in 1991 while shooting the movie Doc Hollywood, and was diagnosed shortly thereafter. Though his initial symptoms were only a twitching little finger and a sore shoulder, he was told that within a few years he would not be able to work. +more The causes of Parkinson's disease are not well understood, and may include genetic and environmental factors. Fox is one of at least four members of the cast and crew of Leo and Me who developed early-onset Parkinson's. According to Fox, this is not enough people to be defined as a cluster so has not been well researched. He told Hadley Freeman of The Guardian in late 2020: "I can think of a thousand possible scenarios: I used to go fishing in a river near paper mills and eat the salmon I caught; I've been to a lot of farms; I smoked a lot of pot in high school when the government was poisoning the crops. But you can drive yourself crazy trying to figure it out. ".

After his diagnosis, Fox started drinking heavily and grew depressed. He eventually sought help and stopped drinking altogether. +more In 1998, he went public about his Parkinson's disease, and has become a strong advocate of Parkinson's disease research. His foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, was created to help advance every promising research path to curing Parkinson's disease. Since 2010, he has led a $100 million effort, which is the Foundation's landmark observational study, to discover the biological markers of Parkinson's disease with the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI).

Fox manages the symptoms of his Parkinson's disease with the drug carbidopa/levodopa, and he had a thalamotomy in 1998.

His first book, Lucky Man, focused on how, after seven years of denial of the disease, he set up the Michael J. Fox Foundation, stopped drinking and became an advocate for people living with Parkinson's disease. +more In Lucky Man, Fox wrote that he did not take his medication prior to his testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee in 1999 ([url=https://www. c-span. org/video/?c4400604/michael-j-fox-testimony-parkinson]partial C-SPAN video clip[/url]). [wiki_quote=0d93369c].

In an interview with NPR in April 2002, Fox explained what he does when he becomes symptomatic:

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In 2006, Fox starred in a campaign ad for then-State Auditor of Missouri Claire McCaskill in her successful 2006 Senate campaign against incumbent Jim Talent, expressing her support for embryonic stem cell research. In the ad, he visibly showed the effects of his Parkinson's disease:

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The New York Times called it "one of the most powerful and talked about political advertisements in years" and polls indicated that the commercial had a measurable impact on the way voters voted, in an election that McCaskill won. His second book, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, describes his life between 1999 and 2009, with much of the book centered on how Fox got into campaigning for stem-cell research. +more On March 31, 2009, Fox appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Mehmet Oz to discuss his condition as well as his book, his family and his primetime special, which aired May 7, 2009, (Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist).

His work led him to be named one of the 100 people "whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world" in 2007 by Time magazine. On March 5, 2010, Fox received an honorary doctorate in medicine from Karolinska Institute for his contributions to research in Parkinson's disease. +more He received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of British Columbia.

On May 31, 2012, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Justice Institute of British Columbia to recognize his accomplishments as a performer as well as his commitment to raising research funding and awareness for Parkinson's disease. Fox recalled performing in role-playing simulations as part of police recruit training exercises at the Institute early in his career.

In 2016, his organization, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, created a raffle to raise awareness for Parkinson's disease and raised $6. +more75 million, with the help of Nike via two auctions, one in Hong Kong and the other in London.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleFunctioned asNotes
ActorProducerRole
1980Midnight MadnessYesNoScott Larson
1982Class of 1984YesNoArthur
1985Back to the FutureYesNoMarty McFly
1985Teen WolfYesNoScott Howard
1987Light of DayYesNoJoe Rasnick
1987The Secret of My SuccessYesNoBrantley Foster/Carlton Whitfield
1988Bright Lights, Big CityYesNoJamie Conway
1989Casualties of WarYesNoPFC. Max Eriksson
1989Back to the Future Part IIYesNoMarty McFly / Marty McFly Jr / Marlene McFly
1990Back to the Future Part IIIYesNoMarty McFly / Seamus McFly
1991The Hard WayYesNoNick "Nicky" Lang
1991Doc HollywoodYesNoDr. +more Benjamin "Ben" Stone
1993Homeward Bound: The Incredible JourneyYesNoChance/Narrator (voice)
1993Life with MikeyYesNoMichael "Mikey" Chapman
1993For Love or MoneyYesNoDoug Ireland
1994Where the Rivers Flow NorthYesNoClayton Farnsworth
1994GreedyYesNoDaniel "Danny" McTeague, Jr.
1995ColdbloodedYesYesTim Alexander
1995Blue in the FaceYesNoPete Maloney
1995The American PresidentYesNoLewis Rothschild
1996Homeward Bound II: Lost in San FranciscoYesNoChance (voice)
1996The FrightenersYesNoFrank Bannister
1996Mars Attacks!YesNoJason Stone
1999Stuart LittleYesNoStuart Little (voice)
2001Atlantis: The Lost EmpireYesNoMilo James Thatch (voice)
2002Interstate 60YesNoMr. BakerCameo
2002Stuart Little 2YesNoStuart Little (voice)
2005Stuart Little 3: Call of the WildYesNoStuart Little (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2013Drew: The Man Behind the PosterYesNoHimselfDocumentary
2014AnnieYesNoHimselfCameo
2015Being CanadianYesNoHimselfDocumentary
2015Back in TimeYesNoHimselfDocumentary
2015Mr CalzagheYesNoHimselfDocumentary
2016A. R. C. H. I. E. YesNoA. R. C. H. I. E. (voice)
2018A. R. C. H. I. E. 2: Mission ImpawsibleYesNoA. R. C. H. I. E. (voice)
2019See You YesterdayYesNoMr. LockhartCameo
2021Back Home AgainYesNoMichael J. Bird (voice)
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Television

YearTitleFunctioned asNotes
ActorDirectorProducerRole
1978The Magic LieYesNoNoNickyEpisode: "The Master"
1978Leo and MeYesNoNoJamie Romano12 episodes
1978Witch of Westminster CrossingYesNoNoHarleyTelevision short film
1979Letters from FrankYesNoNoRickyTelevision film
1979Lou GrantYesNoNoPaul StoneEpisode: "Kids"
1980FamilyYesNoNoRichard TopolEpisode: "Such a Fine Line"
1980Here's BoomerYesNoNoJackieEpisode: "Tell 'Em Boomer Sent You"
1980+more'>Trapper John, M. D. YesNoNoElliot SchweitzerEpisode: "Brain Child"
1980-1981Palmerstown, U. S. A. YesNoNoWilly-Joe Hall11 episodes
1982Teachers OnlyYesNoNoJeffEpisode: "The Make Up Test"
1982-1989Family TiesYesNoNoAlex P. Keaton176 episodes
1983The Love BoatYesNoNoJimmyEpisode: "He Ain't Heavy"
1983High School U. S. A. YesNoNoJay-Jay MannersTelevision film
1983-1984The $25,000 PyramidYesNoNoHimself30 episodes
1984Night CourtYesNoNoEddie SimmsEpisode: "Santa Goes Downtown"
1984The Homemade Comedy SpecialYesNoNoHostTelevision special
1984Don't Ask Me, Ask GodYesNoNoFuture SonTelevision special
1985Family Ties VacationYesNoNoAlex P. KeatonTelevision film
1985Poison IvyYesNoNoDennis BaxterTelevision film
1986David Letterman's 2nd Annual Holiday Film FestivalYesYesNoHimselfShort film; segment: "The Iceman Hummeth"; also writer
1987Dear America: Letters Home from VietnamYesNoNoPfc. Raymond Griffiths (voice)Television documentary film
1987The Return of BrunoYesNoNoHimselfTelevision documentary film
1987Muppet BabiesYesNoNoAlex P. KeatonEpisode: "This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood"
1990Sex, Buys, & AdvertisingYesNoNoHimselfTelevision special
1991Saturday Night LiveYesNoNoHostEpisode: "Michael J. Fox/The Black Crowes"
1991Tales from the CryptYesYesNoProsecutorEpisode: "The Trap"
1992Brooklyn BridgeNoYesNoN/AEpisode: "Rainy Day"
1992Shelley Duvall's Bedtime StoriesYesNoNoNarratorEpisode: "There's a Nightmare in My Closet"
1994Don't Drink the WaterYesNoNoAxel MageeTelevision film
1996-2001Spin CityYesNoMike Flaherty103 episodes
1997The Chris Rock ShowYesNoNoHimselfEpisode: "Jesse Jackson/Rakim"; Uncredited
1999Anna SaysNoNoN/A
2002Otherwise EngagedNoNoN/APilot episode
2002Clone HighYesNoNoGandhi's Remaining Kidney (voice)Episode: "Escape to Beer Mountain: A Rope of Sand"
2003Hench at HomeNoNoN/AAlso writer
2004ScrubsYesNoNoDr. Kevin Casey2 episodes
2005Saving MillyYesNoNoHimselfTelevision film; Uncredited
2006Boston LegalYesNoNoDaniel Post6 episodes
2009Rescue MeYesNoNoDwight5 episodes
2009The Magic 7YesNoNoMarcel Maggot (voice)Television film
2010-2016The Good WifeYesNoNoLouis Canning26 episodes
2011Phineas and FerbYesNoNoMichael / Werewolf (voice)Episode: "The Curse of Candace"
2011, 2017Curb Your EnthusiasmYesNoNoHimself2 episodes
2013-2014The Michael J. Fox ShowYesNoMike Henry22 episodes
2015Jimmy Kimmel Live!YesNoNoMarty McFlySkit celebrating Back to the Future
2016NightcapYesNoNoHimselfEpisode: "The Cannon"
2018Designated SurvivorYesNoNoEthan West5 episodes
2019Corner Gas AnimatedYesNoNoHimself (voice)Episode: "Dream Waiver"
2020The Good FightYesNoNoLouis Canning2 episodes
2021Expedition: Back to the FutureYesNoNoHimselfEpisode: "Great Josh!"
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Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2011Back to the Future: The GameWilliam McFly / Future Marty McFlyEpisode: "Outatime"
2015Lego DimensionsMarty McFly

Web

YearTitleRoleNotes
2020"The Origins of Holiday" (Lil Nas X song trailer)Marty McFlyFinal role

Awards and nominations

Honours

2000: Honoured by the Family Television Awards for Acting. * 2000: Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, which acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians. +more * December 16, 2002: Received the 2209th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the motion picture industry, presented to him by the Chamber of Commerce. * 2005: Received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement. * 2011: Honoured with the Golden Camera Award for Lifetime Achievement - International. * 2010: Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada - The Officer O. C. recognises national service or achievement. * 2010: Received the National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award. * 2013: Honoured with the Golden Apple Award by the Casting Society of America. * 2021: Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, from Simon Fraser University. * 2022: Received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from 95th Academy Awards.

Accolades

OrganizationsYearCategoryWorkResult
Academy Awards2023Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardN/A}}
Aftonbladet TV Prize Awards2001Best Foreign Television Personality - MaleSpin CityWon
American Comedy Awards1996Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureThe American President
American Comedy Awards1999Funniest Male Performer in a Television SeriesSpin City
American Comedy Awards2000Funniest Male Performer in a Television SeriesSpin City
Bravo Otto Awards1985Best ActorFamily TiesWon
Critics Choice Television Awards2016Best Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife
Gold Derby Awards2004Comedy Guest ActorScrubs
Gold Derby Awards2006Drama Supporting ActorBoston Legal
Gold Derby Awards2009Drama Guest Actor+more_TV_series)'>Rescue Me
Gold Derby Awards2012Comedy Guest ActorCurb Your Enthusiasm
Gold Derby Awards2012Drama Guest ActorThe Good Wife
Gold Derby Awards2013Drama Guest ActorThe Good Wife
Gold Derby Awards2015Drama Guest ActorThe Good WifeWon
Golden Globe Awards1986Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalFamily Ties
Golden Globe Awards1986Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalBack to the Future
Golden Globe Awards1987Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalFamily Ties
Golden Globe Awards1988Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalFamily Ties
Golden Globe Awards1989Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalFamily TiesWon
Golden Globe Awards1997Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalSpin City
Golden Globe Awards1998Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalSpin CityWon
Golden Globe Awards1999Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalSpin CityWon
Golden Globe Awards2000Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalSpin CityWon
Golden Globe Awards2014Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThe Michael J. Fox Show
Grammy Awards2010Best Spoken Word AlbumAlways Looking UpWon
Jupiter Awards1985Best International ActorBack to the FutureWon
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards1988Favorite Television ActorFamily TiesWon
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards1989Favorite Television ActorFamily Ties
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards1990Favorite Movie ActorBack to the Future Part IIWon
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards1997Favorite Television ActorSpin City
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards2000Favorite Television ActorSpin City
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards2000Favorite Voice from an Animated MovieStuart Little
People's Choice Awards1986Favorite Male Television PerformerFamily Ties
People's Choice Awards1987Favorite Male Television PerformerFamily Ties
People's Choice Awards1988Favorite Male Television PerformerFamily Ties
People's Choice Awards1989Favorite Male Television PerformerFamily Ties
People's Choice Awards1997Favorite Male Television Performer in a New SeriesSpin CityWon
People's Choice Awards1997Favorite Male Television PerformerSpin City
People's Choice Awards1998Favorite Male Television PerformerSpin City
People's Choice Awards1999Favorite Male Television PerformerSpin City
People's Choice Awards2012Favorite Television Guest StarThe Good Wife
People's Choice Awards2014Favorite Actor in a New Television SeriesThe Michael J. Fox Show
Primetime Emmy Awards1985Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesFamily Ties
Primetime Emmy Awards1986Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesFamily TiesWon
Primetime Emmy Awards1987Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesFamily TiesWon
Primetime Emmy Awards1988Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesFamily TiesWon
Primetime Emmy Awards1989Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesFamily Ties
Primetime Emmy Awards1997Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesSpin City
Primetime Emmy Awards1998Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesSpin City
Primetime Emmy Awards1999Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesSpin City
Primetime Emmy Awards2000Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesSpin CityWon
Primetime Emmy Awards2006Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesBoston Legal
Primetime Emmy Awards2009Outstanding Nonfiction SpecialMichael J. Fox: Adventures Of An Incurable Optimist
Primetime Emmy Awards2009Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesRescue MeWon
Primetime Emmy Awards2011Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife
Primetime Emmy Awards2012Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife
Primetime Emmy Awards2012Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm
Primetime Emmy Awards2013Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife
Primetime Emmy Awards2015Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife
Primetime Emmy Awards2016Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife
Satellite Awards1997Best Actor in a Series - Comedy or MusicalSpin City
Satellite Awards1998Best Actor in a Series - Comedy or MusicalSpin City
Satellite Awards1999Best Actor in a Series - Comedy or MusicalSpin City
Saturn Awards1986Best ActorBack to the FutureWon
Saturn Awards1997Best ActorThe Frighteners
Screen Actors Guild Awards1999Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesSpin CityWon
Screen Actors Guild Awards2000Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesSpin CityWon
TV Guide Awards1999Favorite Actor in a ComedySpin City
TV Guide Awards2000Favorite Actor in a ComedySpin City
TV Land Awards2007Break Up That Was So Bad It Was Good (shared with Courteney Cox)Family Ties
TV Land Awards2008Character You'd Pay to Do Your Homework for YouFamily TiesWon
Viewers for Quality Television Awards1986Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesFamily TiesWon
Viewers for Quality Television Awards1987Best Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesFamily TiesWon
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